Earlier today Australian fight fans saw Yuki Nonaka (31-9-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] Austalian based Irishman Dennis Hogan (26-1-1, 7) in a bout for the WBO Oriental Light Middleweight title.
Sadly for Nonaka the bout wasn't to be a contest to remember, with the 39 year old Japanese veteran being widely beaten and looking totally out of his depth against the talented Hogan.
Nonaka was simply unable to force his style onto the bout, with Hogan being too crisps, too fresh and too good for the former 2-time Japanese champion, who had some moments, but very few against a man who always seemed much more comfortable and controlled the bout well, en route to a 100-90, 100-90, and 99-91 decision win..
For Hogan this was a 4th straight win since losing to Jack Culcay in December 2015 and although it was again a case of again taking a decision it's a win that could open the door to him getting a second world title fight in 2018. Sadly for Nonaka the loss could be the start of the end.
Coming in to the bout the Japanese fighter had gone 14 bouts with out a loss, winning 13 and drawing 1, but this setback at the age of 39 could lead to his retirement, unless he wants to chase another domestic title and face the likes of Takeshi Inoue, who won the Japanese title earlier this year.
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